France, Provence - Luberon to Camargue
During this ride you get to enjoy the contrasts that these regions offer. The trail ride extends from winding roads along the olive groves by old stone houses to the white sandy beaches of the Camargue National Park. Gallops on the beaches are a perfect end to this trail ride.
The ride starts north of the capital of Provence, Marseille. You will pass the old cultural cities of Arles and Les Baux. This Mediterranean region with mountains, olive plantations and vineyards is varied and beautiful. Over the lovely lunch breaks, you can enjoy good picnics and the region's famous rosé wine. The ride ends at the blue Mediterranean Sea in Camargue. This is where you will find the famous black bulls and white horses. Beautiful beach gallops mark the end of this constantly changing ride.
You will ride 5-6 hours per day. It is important that you can control a horse in a walk, trot and gallop.
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Arrival at the equestrian center between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Dinner and stay overnight at the farm.
Day 2 Lauris - Mallemort
After breakfast, the horses are allocated and the trail ride starts. From Lauris to Mallemort. You will ride along the foot of the Luberon Mountain through the pine and oak forests to the Durance valley where you will cross the river to where your assistant is waiting with a picnic. In the afternoon, you continue along the Alpilles canal to the farm where the horses stay for the night. Minibus transfer to your accommodation where your host and dinner awaits. Overnight stay in a bed and breakfast. (On certain dates you will go back to the back to the equestrian center by minibus).
Mallemort - Eygalières
Through garrigue (low flowering shrubs) in Provence, you will ride into the Alpilles Nature Park and out of the valley, towards Van Gogh country: les Alpilles. You come to the Roman village Eygalière in the late afternoon and stop at the beautiful “Chapel St Sixte," to take pictures. Dinner and overnight stay at a guesthouse near Eygalieres.
Eygalières - Les Baux de Provence
Eygalieres to Les Baux de Provence. A cultural day as you ride in the landscape Van Gogh enjoyed painting. You stay near Saint-Remy-de-Provence, at the hospital where Van Gogh lived and made his most famous paintings. Admire the beautiful Roman monuments before continuing on to lunch at a wonderful little lake, hidden in the mountains. The afternoon ride takes you up on the crest of Alpilles providing striking panoramic views of the surroundings, and you may even see a glimpse of the Mediterranean in the distance. In the afternoon, you will reach the medieval village of “Les Beaux-de-Provence”. Visit of the village and transfer to Sylvereal, the gate of Camargue. Night in a hotel, an old monastery, and dinner in a typical auberge at the hotel
Day 5 Astouin-Les Saintes Maries de la Mer -Beach
A stunning day ride to discover more of Camargue. You will cross the « Small Rhône » river on a ferry boat to reach a very protected part of the Nature Park. The marsh land will slowly give way to sand dunes and pine forests as you ride towards wild beaches: unforgettable canters and gallops. You will feel lost in the wild, as you ride in this remote part of Camargue, off the toursist track. Admire the rich wildlife among which the pink flamingoes and herons. End of the day at « Les Saintes Maries de la Mer », right by the sea. Time for a visit of the village and shopping. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel near the village.
Day 6 Day Ride in pinewoods and on the beach
A morning ride on the beaches. Nice gallops and walk in the sea. The lunch will be prepared at the hotel by your assistant, and the afternoon you will ride along the Vacares lake: you will discover a lot of flamingos and wild birds on a pleasant trail. Transfer to the riding centre in Lauris, for a last dinner all together, share memories, pictures, addresses ...
Day 7 Time for the journey home
Breakfast and then transfer to the airport or train station.
We reserve the right to make any changes to riding program, including the cancellation or changing of hotels.
The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control.